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Miami Heat sign DeAndre Liggins and waive Marcus Lee

A pair of former Kentucky Wildcats swap spots on the Miami Heat.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Miami Heat Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Today the Miami Heat announced that they will be parting ways with former Kentucky/California forward Marcus Lee but will be signing former Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins. The terms of the deal has not been disclosed yet.

The following year when Marcus Lee transferred from Kentucky to California, Lee averaged 11.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game during his senior season. Lee went undrafted but then joined the Cleveland Cavaliers for their summer league roster where he averaged 6.1 points and 4.7 rebounds in the 7 games he played.

After that, Lee signed a training camp deal with the Miami Heat in which he played one preseason game where he had 10 points and 6 rebounds in 12 minutes of play.

If you had the chance to watch Lee in his one preseason game that he had with the Heat, A you can just about be assured that he will always have a place in basketball somewhere even, if it is overseas.

The one thing you notice about Lee is that he always plays bigger than his size. If somehow he could build into a bigger body, then there definitely could be more room for him to develop into a NBA player.

Then you have Liggins, as this will actually be a return to Miami for him because he played one game for the Heat back in 2014 and he scored 2 points in only a little over a minute of playing time.

We know that Liggins is not a stranger to signing these so called “low-level” deals, as we tend to always see teams pick him up around this time of the year. He may struggle when it comes to the offensive game, but when it comes to his defensive intensity most teams know that it’s worth the money to pick him up.

It’s hard to find players to do the grunt work, but that’s definitely what Liggins likes to do and is good at. Then if you throw him into Miami’s culture which is centered around being in absolute peak physical condition, and you could see an even more intense Liggins than we’ve ever seen before.